McDaniels In, Friedgen Out as Rutgers OC

Rutgers has its sixth offensive coordinator in as many years, promoting assistant Ben McDaniels to the position after Ralph Friedgen formally stepped down Tuesday during a teleconference. Head coach Kyle Flood, now on his fourth play-caller, broke down why a quick McDaniels hire was best for business.

Ralph Friedgen is out and Ben McDaniels is in as Rutgers offensive coordinator.

Head coach Kyle Flood announced the official move during a Tuesday teleconference, which confirmed what Scarlet Report subscribers read Sunday.

“I’ve got tremendous confidence in Ben,” Flood said. “… I have complete confidence in him and he’ll do a great job moving forward as our coordinator.”

Friedgen will remain as a special assistant to the head coach with McDaniels stepping into his first role as a play-caller.

McDaniels joined the Rutgers staff last year after he spent time with both the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His brother, Josh McDaniels, is the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator and former Broncos head coach.

"Ben is very, very capable of being an outstanding offensive coordinator," Friedgen said. "He's one of the bright young minds that I've come across. I have no hesitation that he'll come and do a great job."

Friedgen’s decision to step down came down to health, after the 67-year battled multiple issues in his first year, including kidney stones during the spring game.

“Coach Friedgen has a lot of experience as an offensive coordinator, a lot of time spent with really explosive offenses,” Flood said. “… I thought he did a tremendous job of using the pieces we had in place to score points.”

Friedgen led the best statistical version of the Rutgers offense since John McNulty’s 2008 look, and received credit for Gary Nova’s senior turnaround in his only season as play-caller. He was fifth offensive coordinator in as many years for Rutgers, which has not had a play-caller for consecutive seasons since Kirk Ciarrocca in 2009 and 2010.

“Ralph and I had decided that we were going to sit down after signing day, really take stock of the situation and decide what we were going to do moving forward,” Flood said. “… I think some of the guys that we’ve had here as coordinators have left for some pretty good reasons.”

Rutgers will move Phil Galiano from recruiting coordinator to tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. Anthony Campanile moves to wide receivers coach.

In other staff news, former Scarlet Knights Scott Vallone will join the staff, Flood confirmed.

Former quarterback Mike McMahon is also expected to join the staff as a student assistant, sources said.


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